Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.-Thomas Merton
Born in Fredericton New Brunswick in 1960, Sam Boehner moved to the west coast in 1992. After finishing a degree in Biology at the University of Victoria and a 13 year career in fisheries management Sam began the journey to becoming an artist in late 2007. After a period of ill health, this new-found passion was a way into self-discovery, relaxation, and positive mental health.
Sam Boehner's award winning watercolours have been included in Regional, National and International Exhibitions and are included in private collections from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, Canada, and south to Knoxville, Tennesee, USA; as well as, San Andreas, Guatemala, and as far East as Tanzania, Africa . To view paintings please contact Sam at the email provided.
Watercolours have always attracted Sam, not simply for their beauty, but also for the challenge of working with a medium that so many artists consider "uncontrollable".
Sam studied the watercolour medium for three years with Leslie Redhead MEd.; NWWS; AFCA; CSPWC Sam has, since early 2009, participated in many other art education workshops, classes, and symposiums across Canada, the USA, and Europe . Her thirst for knowledge in this water medium is insatiable.
"After viewing my work, I hope you can feel how much I love watercolour; and I hope you leave this site wanting more...Please contact me with questions about any of my work. I thank you for your interest."
Sam's love of colour, light and shadow inspire her work. Bold beautiful colours fill her home and her life.
"Watercolour has taught me many life lessons the biggest one is that I cannot have light in my life without periods of darkness. In watercolour, I have learned that it is in the darkness that you can find light.
Living with depression and pain can create darkness in anyone's life, and each moment or day that I live without either I am thankful, and with gratitude there is also light.
Each subject I approach, I want to find the light. Without it, it feels just incomplete."
"When I work with watercolour I am reminded that life's challenges can be rewarding. I liken this medium to floating in a rippling creek or swimming against the current of a raging river.. The first requires little effort, and much effort is necessary when you are working against a current; however, if you relax, and enjoy the ride, it will take you merrily along. Such is with watercolour, don't struggle, relax and let it happen.
As is the case with watercolour, I love the way it flows, no other medium does that. Overtime, it still remains challenging, and rewarding."